North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher, Kure Beach

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At North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher you'll discover the marine life of the Cape Fear region. Touch sharks and sea urchins and meet a loggerhead sea turtle. In the freshwater life gallery that showcases streams, ponds, swamps, and trees, explore the world of freshwater fish, reptiles, and mammals. See box turtles, catfish, snakes, and even albino alligators. In the coastal waters gallery, you'll learn about the animals that live in the surf zone; then move through to the open oceans gallery for an education about animals that live farther off-shore such as octopus and jellyfish. Talk to the scuba divers as they swim with rays and observe the feeding of sturgeon, turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Use our Kure Beach tour planner to arrange your visit to North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher and other attractions in Kure Beach.
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  • We stopped in to visit on our way home from vacation. It was very accessible with our toddler's stroller with ramps and elevators. The exhibits were interesting and all animals were pretty active and ...  more »
  • We had fun walking through this little aquarium. The volunteers were very knowledgeable (I talked to a couple different people) and at the end I got to pet a little shark. We went near the end of the ...  more »
  • Took the family here while on vacation..reasonably priced, great lil activities and attractions for the kids  more »
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  • Very very impressed by this aquarium. I've seen them in a dozen states from both coasts and throughout the south. This is not bad. I think it is just barely overpriced, but I understand the cost of running this type of place is high. Lots of interactive events and things for kids. Would heavily recommend if you're in the area. Best attraction in town. Not the best aquarium I've been too, but it's excellent.
  • They had lots of shows and special exhibits going on during our last visit. The staff is very nice and helpful. My favorite part is always the ocean exhibits, although I feel like some of the fish in the ocean area need to be in larger tanks. Certain places are quite dark so elderly and children should be careful, especially upstairs. There's a nice little playground outside but the ground was so hot our daughter couldn't play...it needs some more shade. The outside walkway area is nice but needs more. We didn't go to the Lorakeet exhibit.
  • It is a little small but I prefer this over any aquarium we have been to visit. Lots of education mixed in with fun and interactive experiences. The ferry ride makes it seem like a huge outing to children. That was half of the fun. Awesome little island and would be perfect for bike riding.
  • The North Carolina Aquariums are really great places to visit. Fort Fisher has a new Lorakeet exhibit where the birds are free flying and will land on you to eat nectar out of a cup. The exhibits are well done and the staff is always really pleasant and informative. They have several alligators including Luna the albino alligator, a bald eagle, box turtles, lots of snakes, lobsters, and jellyfish; their large ocean tank has a moral eel, tons of different fish, and a sea turtle. They have a touch tank where you can touch crabs, sea urchins, starfish, rays and small sharks. Well worth the cost and membership pays for itself quickly. Especially since you can use the membership at the NC Zoo also.
  • The aquariums and zoos are some of the gems of North Carolina. The Aquarium at Fort Fisher is really well done. The touch tanks, the two story tank for the larger fish, and the baby turtles from the Sea Turtle Rescue groups are all great fun and scientifically educational. The dinosaur forest is a great bonus even for adults. You can get a membership to all the NC Aquariums and Zoos that will let you in all of the facilities year round with a guest - and it's well worth it if you get to visit the aquarium in the Outer Banks or the zoo in Asheboro, NC.